Cancel culture

Victor Angelo De Vasconcelos
Staff Writer


While we thought ourselves free from government informants and persecution for wrong thoughts since the turn of the century, a slimier and more vindictive version of this system formed itself around us as cancel culture.
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it”, while practically a cliché, continues to hold true. We ought to congratulate ourselves that, not only have we failed to learn from history, we found a way to improve it for the worse.

By outsourcing the whole process to the mob, anyone for any reason whatsoever could be “cancelled” for angering the wrong group of people. No matter which group it is, the worst elements of them will dig up the transgressor’s entire past in an attempt to tarnish their reputation and destroy their life and career. Transgressions long passed and forgiven become a fresh wound upon the wronged group.

In their minds, it would seem that the words, opinions, jokes, or actions that go against their ideology or identity is not a matter of different taste or simple disagreement, but an outward display of an evil secret personality that must be countered. Digging up the past for these people is not done as an honest background check, but as a vindictive search for dirt.

I’ve been careful not to mention any names as any reader can relate this to a personal example that comes to mind. Thankfully, while seemingly massive in power, the whole culture is nothing but a paper tiger: dangerous in appearance but simply harmless when ignored by those affected and wider society.

I’ve been careful not to mention any names as any reader can relate this to a personal example that comes to mind. Thankfully, while seemingly massive in power, the whole culture is nothing but a paper tiger: dangerous in appearance but simply harmless when ignored by those affected and wider society.

Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 03 on October 9th, 2019